Issues: Health

Murphy Announces $25k Grant For Drug Crisis in Our Backyard

MAHOPAC, NY - Steve and Susan Salomone have a story that parents across the Hudson Valley have come to relate to: their son Justin died of a heroin overdose in 2012. As a result of his death, the Salomones, along with the Christensen family of Somers, founded the advocacy group Drug Crisis in Our Backyard. At a press conference earlier today, State Senator Terrence Murphy, who serves as the co-chairman of the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, announced a $25,000 state grant in an effort to expand the program's reach throughout the community.

July 31, 2015
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Preliminary Legislative Highlights - 2015 Legislative Session

Click here for the Preliminary Legislative Highlights of the 2015 Legislative Session or download the file below.

File: 
2015 Health and Budget Highlights.pdf

July 30, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC SECURES $29,000 FOR RAPE CRISIS SERVICES IN SULLIVAN COUNTY

(Middletown, NY)-Senator Bonacic is pleased to announce that he has secured $29,000 for the Rape Intervention Services and Education (RISE) Program of Sullivan County. The RISE Program is administered through Catskill Regional Medical Center, and provides an array of services to victims of sexual abuse, as well offering prevention education.

July 30, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Sponsors Erie County’s Largest Health Fair

Free health services, screenings and information from 90 organizations

 

Amherst, NY– A total of 90 organizations will provide health information, services and screenings to residents at Senator Ranzenhofer’s Family Health Fair. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway in Amherst.

 

July 30, 2015
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SENATOR BONACIC RECOGNIZES THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ENACTMENT OF THE AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

(Middletown, NY)-State Senator John Bonacic (R/C/I-Mt. Hope) issued the following statement on the upcoming 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990.

July 24, 2015
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Ranzenhofer Partners with Unyts for Blood Drive at Erie County’s Largest Family Health Fair

Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer will be sponsoring an open-to-the-public blood drive with Unyts– Western New York’s only Organ, Eye, Tissue and Community Blood Center– during the 2015 Family Health Fair on Saturday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. 

 

To schedule an appointment, visit www.unyts.org, click the “Donate Blood” icon and enter Sponsor Code 001201 or call Unyts at (716) 512-7940.

 

“One person needs blood every two seconds.  Your blood donation can save up to three lives, helping our family members, friends and neighbors right here in Western New York.  I encourage residents to schedule an appointment to help save lives,” said Senator Ranzenhofer.  

July 22, 2015
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PROTECTING YOURSELF FROM THE PESTS OF SUMMER

Senator Ritchie’s Weekly Column 

From swimming and hiking to gardening and camping, there’s no shortage of ways to enjoy the outdoors during the summer months.  However, what many people don’t consider is that in warmer weather, bugs like ticks and mosquitoes thrive—and can make a snack out of you if you’re not careful. 

The effects of these insects can be as pesky as a small bite and in other, more serious cases can be deadly.  For example, mosquitoes carrying EEE have the potential to take lives.  In Central New York, five  human deaths have occurred as a result of EEE since 1971, while dozens of horses have succumbed to the illness throughout the state. 

July 20, 2015
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Murphy to rep NY at national pain management conference

YORKTOWN, NY - The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), a bipartisan think tank comprised of legislators from across the country, has named Senator Terrence Murphy to a national panel dealing with heroin and opioid abuse at a seminar in New Orleans next week. Senator Murphy, who serves as co-chairman of the State's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Abuse, will represent New York State along with representatives from 12 other states.

July 17, 2015
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Tuesday's Blood Drive

What You Should KnowBy Senator Rev. Rubén Díaz32nd Senatorial District718-991-3161

Tuesday's Blood Drive

You should know that I will be sponsoring a Blood Drive through the American Red Cross on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 from 12 noon until 5PM at my District Office located at 900 Rogers Place. A Red Cross Mobile Unit will be set up right outside of my office to welcome donors.

July 13, 2015
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Senator Ken LaValle’s Statement Concerning the Affiliation of Eastern Long Island Hospital and Stony Brook Medicine:

"I could not be more pleased with Eastern Long Island Hospital's decision to move forward with Stony Brook Medicine.  Throughout my tenure, I have worked hard to make certain that  quality, affordable medical services are accessible to residents throughout my district.  This unanimous decision ensures that people on the North Fork and Shelter Island will continue to receive expert medical care close to home.  I applaud the ELIH Board and CEO, as well as Stony Brook Medicine's Team for

July 10, 2015
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July 14, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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SENATOR RITCHIE DELIVERS FUNDING TO PROTECT FORT DRUM, STRENGTHEN COMMUNITY HEALTH CARE

Investments Highlight Strong Army-North Country Partnership

July 7, 2015
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Save the Date: Family Health Fair

Senator Ranzenhofer's Family Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, August 1st from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway. 

July 7, 2015
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Organ, Eye And Tissue Donor Information

IMPORTANT

A member of our community, 27-year-old Rachael Eisenson of St. James, has been diagnosed with end-stage renal failure and is currently being treated at Cornell Medical Center’s Renal Transplant Program. Her family has reached out to our office in hopes of finding a kidney donor for their daughter.

July 6, 2015
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RITCHIE TO ANNOUNCE NEW ROUND OF STATE FUNDING TO HELP PROTECT FUTURE OF FORT DRUM

State Senator Patty Ritchie on Tuesday will announce new funding for area health care and other investment to strengthen the partnership between Fort Drum and local communities, and help protect the future of the post, Upstate New York’s largest employer.

The investments are from a special fund that Senator Ritchie helped create, along with her Senate colleagues, in this year’s State Budget to help protect New York military installations, including Fort Drum, from federal cutbacks.

July 6, 2015
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More Seniors Now Eligible for Free Produce from Local Farmers' Markets

Program Sponsored by Senator Young Supports Better Health, Local Farmers

 

ALBANY - Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) announced today that funding included in this year’s state budget will provide free farm-fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers’ markets to seniors in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany and Livingston Counties.

 

July 2, 2015
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RITCHIE: FREE TOOL TO HELP FIGHT MOSQUITOES NOW AVAILABLE

Mosquito “Dunk” Kits Will Help Fight EEE, West Nile

State Senator Patty Ritchie has announced that homeowners and farmers will once again be able to take advantage of a free tool to help fight mosquitoes and the spread of the deadly EEE and West Nile viruses.

Available on a first come, first serve basis at Soil and Water District offices in Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Madison and Onondaga Counties, free  larvicide “dunk” treatment kits are placed in standing water—where mosquitoes breed—and help to kill larvae for up to thirty days. 

“The region I represent is a hotbed for mosquito borne diseases, and it’s important to remember that combating EEE, West Nile and other viruses is a team effort,” said Senator Ritchie. 

June 30, 2015
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Celebration of Hope at UB Stadium

Amherst, NY - Senator Mike Ranzenhofer joins hundreds of advocates, patients, survivors and doctors for Roswell Park's Celebration of Hope at UB Stadium.

June 26, 2015
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Action Taken to Address Lyme and Tick-Borne Disease Crisis

Focus is on improving prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of tick-borne diseases

 

ALBANY – Improvements to the methods of preventing, diagnosing, and treating Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, along with legislation to help stop the spread of the deer tick population, recently passed the state Senate.

 

The legislative package was the result of work done by the Senate’s Task Force on Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases, to which Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I- Olean) was appointed earlier this year, and is aimed at addressing the rising public health crisis.

 

June 24, 2015
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Senate Passes Bill to Expand Access to Telehealth Services

Bill adds occupational and physical therapists as eligible telehealth providers

ALBANY – Legislation passed recently by the State Senate, and championed by Senator Catharine Young (R,C,I-Olean), Chair of the Legislative Commission on Rural Resources, opens the door to telehealth options for physical and occupational therapy. It is an important step in the process of increasing healthcare availability for individuals in rural and remote areas.

Senate bill 5733 updates state law to allow occupational and physical therapists to provide services as telehealth practitioners, expanding access to care for individuals throughout New York State. This legislation was also passed by the Assembly and is awaiting the Governor’s signature into law.

June 24, 2015
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